poppies have gone mad. Four years ago they were ordinary poppies
with a single layer of petals. Since then they have been growing
with more and more petals inside the ordinary outer layer of petals.
I have been saving the seed from these 'double' flowers, and this
year I have poppies that look like a huge aster flower. Is this
normal or do I have the next famous sport in my garden?
poppies are Papaver somniferum (opium poppy) and are usually
sold as double poppies. They can have single flowers, but are more
usually double in shades of pink, purple, white or red. They are
annuals and so the seed needs to be collected each year and resown.
by Dr Dan Blanchon from Unitec's Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture and Bachelor
of Resource Management.
with permission from NZOOM Home and Garden content,
from the previous
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